Android phone owners with front-facing cameras will love this app, which lets you make face-to-face video calls over Wi-Fi or 3G. But Fring does much more, letting you text chat via AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN Messenger, and Twitter. You can also make free voice calls to other Fring users.
(Android, iPhone, BlackBerry)
Google Voice rings all of your phones at once (home, work, mobile) using a single number so you never miss a call. The service also transcribes voicemails and lets you listen in on messages as they’re being left. Add in the ability to screen or block callers and forward text messages to e-mail, and you have a killer app.
(Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, webOS, Symbian, Windows Phone)
Sure, it’s a little heavy on the ads, but this all-in-one messaging client makes up for it by supporting virtually every service under the sun. IM+ Lite hooks into AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, MySpace, Twitter, and Yahoo. Plus, the Android and iPhone versions let you send photos and videos for free.
(Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian, Windows Phone)
Share life’s interesting moments instantly, right from your smart phone. Qik lets you stream live to the web or post clips to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Choose to share your location or keep your videos completely private. Two-way video chat is available on the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, and is moving to other Android phones soon.